Salinder and Hilary Talk Textiles!

15 Feb

This month Salinder and Hilary talked about Indian quilts and textiles and how they are worked with the minimum of resources. When we consider that a lot of us in the group have two sewing machines, and these ladies have only recycled fabric, thread and a needle, and still produce amazing work, we should consider ourselves very lucky indeed. Everything is hand sewn by the women and sewing machines are used mostly by men, or in factories.

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Salinder demonstrated how to wrap and wear a Sari with lovely model Jayne.

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Hilary talked us through a museum collection of old and new quilts that she had seen on a recent visit to Jaipur.

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A sheer fabric shawl with a paisley design.

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Salinder told us about the elephant and how it is widely used as motif in Indian textiles, The Elephant is a symbol of wisdom, fertility, prosperity, strength and royalty.

Red House Quilting brought along a lovely selection of fabrics for us to browse and buy!

Last but by no means least, Jeannie brought in a fabulous wholecloth quilt that she has just finished working on. Amazing!

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Project Linus Link

15 Jan

This month member Chris Morfett, who is the local volunteer organiser for Project Linus, talked about the work it does to comfort young people in difficult and vulnerable situations.

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They aim to provide a sense of security to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provsion of new homemade patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets. Chris told us that the name Linus came from the Snoopy cartoon, where the character Linus always carried a security blanket. Project Linus came to Britain in 2000 and since then have donated 330947 blankets. The quilts are always given to the child, so stay with the families and in many cases go on to be much treasured items.

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Chris also won the raffle this month and was visibly delighted with her Gail Lawther “Birds” book. Well done Chris!

 

 

 

Celebrating Christmas!

18 Dec

We ended the year with a festive theme and in spite of the frost and snow, many members braved the weather to bring delicious foody offerings to share. The tables were decorated, Christmas songs played in the background and Salinder organised the christmas raffle with her usual beautifully wrapped prizes. Thank you Salinder!

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Our entertainment group was struck down by the winter sickness bug and unable to come, poor things. So we enjoyed an array of beautiful show and tell items that members had luckily brought along instead. IMG_7311-COLLAGE

Marj showed off her 80th birthday present from all her quilting friends that was lovingly put together by Julia. Each person made a seaside block to reflect the work Marj has done in raising money for the RNLI over many years. A beautiful tribute, well done everyone and Happy Birthday Marj!

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Helen brought along this work of art that she has almost finished.

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Gayney and Margaret brought along their first and most recent quilts to show us how they have moved on. What a great idea, to be continued I think!

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It has been another busy year and we meet again on 13th January 2018 to share more of those wonderful quilting ideas!

Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year everyone!

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Getting in the Mood!

3 Dec

Our trip to Midsummer Quilting was a delight. A lovely place to visit in a rural setting the shop is out in the country in old farm buildings in Chilcompton 10 miles from Bath and 16 from Bristol.  Before, during or after your shopping you are invited to relax in easy chairs, and enjoy a cup of  tea, coffee and a biscuit. They have over 3000 fabrics to chose from with a large haberdashery and a book section. It’s well worth a visit.

IMG_7205 There is even a shopping trolley if you can fill it, which Keris and Salinder enjoyed doing!

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Long Arm Quilting Service

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American Museum Bath

Our next port of call was to the American Museum. We went on a journey through the history of America from early settlers to the twentieth century. The quilt display is amazing.

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Redwork Quilt

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This quilt is made from silk cigar ribbons.

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This stunning dazzling Christmas tree is seen from above in the Central Hall with decorations inspired by the Jazz Age.

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In the Folk Art room we were all inspired by this different Christmas tree, with all of it’s decorations hand made by the volunteers who help in the museum. From knitted chains and strings of pom poms to tapestry and patchwork, it shows that you don’t have to buy decorations. It was lovely!

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A lovely trip to put us in the mood for christmas!

Thank you Salinder for your great organisation as usual.

 

 

 

Surprise 80th Birthday Celebrations!

28 Nov

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Marj is celebrating her 80th birthday with cake and a wonderful seaside quilt containing blocks made by many of our members. More evidence of your talents, it looked stunning! Well done all and Happy 80th Birthday Marj! The star over her head says it all!

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“Show and Tell” and more.

23 Nov

It was another busy meeting when we shared our favourite things in a Show and Tell session spanning a spread of era’s, styles and tastes. We went from late 1800’s/early 1900’s  to present day with a wonderful array of different fabrics and items large and small, that shows the diversity of our skills. Well done everyone! It just shows how talented you all are.

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Gill Stanbridge from “Happidashery” brought the Pop up Shop with a great choice of fabrics and haberdashery to choose from. We had a table selling RNLI fundraisers and we also continued to make Christmas decorations for the Holy Cross Christmas Tree Festival. Many thanks to all who gave their time to make a decoration, especially Pat Wallace who coordinated this years plan. The tree looks amazing! Go and have a peek when you’re in Cowbridge. It’s well worth a visit.

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Last but not least Madaline Lock and Jill Pattinson have been busy making 8 each of the Telemetry Holders for use in Pardon Ward, Glangweli General Hospital, Carmarthen. Well done for rising to the challenge ladies.

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Oh Joy!

19 Oct

Our speaker this month was Joy Salvage. It was indeed “Oh Joy!” Her work is outstanding. Such tiny log cabins and exquisite pineapples, with designs to die for. What an inspiring hour and a delight to listen to someone young and so enthusiastic about traditional patchwork. She is a very clever lady!

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Joy took up quilting after graduating from Bath Spa University where she studied Creative Arts: art & textiles. She says that since then her life has changed and she is a ‘quilter’ through and through.

Have a look at Joy’s website to see her beautiful work and the Quilters’ Guild website for more and to book her to speak, or do a workshop!

This month we started making the decorations for the Christmas tree to go into Holy Cross Church Christmas Tree Festival and as usual, members got to work with enthusiasm. A lovely display to look forward to.

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See you in November!